San Diego Chargers to Run More No-Huddle?

Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip  Rivers (17) calls out in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers new offensive coordinator Frank Reich stepped in front of the media for the first time yesterday and impressed. He showed a passion for the game and was excited to talk football. One of the things that stood out form his time at the podium was his love for the no-huddle offense:

“I love everything about the no-huddle,” he said.  “I have been involved with it for a lot of years. I always have looked at it like a prize fight. You are a heavyweight champion and you get in there and you have to dictate the pace of the fight. Sometimes you go in there and it’s a flurry. Other times you stick, you jab, you move. There are other times you are just kind of moving around trying to get to the next round and then you throw the knockout blow. You are setting up things. You mix the tempo. You mix what you are doing. You keep teams off balance and get them tired. It presents communication problems for them. “ – Chargers.com

The Chargers did a good job of moving the ball down the field in the no-huddle offense. They were able to catch defenses off guard and were able to take advantages of the mismatches on the field. We could see a lot more no-huddle going forward.

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  • 619chargers4life

    I hope we see a lot more no huddle . We rarely got stopped when we were in the no huddle . I don’t understand why we didn’t do it more often. We have the QB for it . Oh and by the way……. Van Noy.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      :) i like Van Noy, Dude is one of the most athletic linebackers available and I thin khe has the hunger to play the game.

      • Gunnar Martin

        He’s very fluid, no matter what he’s doing. Pass rushing, dropping back in coverage, reading the passer. Can do anything you ask him to. I’d be ecstatic to pick him up.

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          Not sure he will be there.. but its fun to hope.

          • Gunnar Martin

            A lot of guys are projecting him early second round. So much can change between now and April though…

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Right? Remember Eric Fisher?

          • Gunnar Martin

            Exactly. Same story with Lane Johnson. And a ton of other guys. History repeats itself.

  • Stefanie Smith

    The media also talked to Reich about Whisenhunt being too conservative. Reich was smart. He did not get into it specifically about Whisenhunt, but he let those listening know that he liked being aggressive.

    • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

      You just got me excited sharing that….it really tick’d me off when they’d go away from what work’d great then not go to something else when those things didn’t work. Adapt and be prepared!!! That’s what they get paid to do…..We shall see when it matters most….

      • arnie

        Don’t take our word for it. Click on the link Ernie provided an listen to the man for yourself. It’s sounds waaaay better coming from him.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          dude… he is excited!! and that makes me excited.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i heard the same thing too… he didn’t want to talk trash on Whiz for that, but it still sounded like he didn’t agree with the previous approach

      • Stefanie Smith

        Exactly. I wanted to see if they were thinking like us… like “WTF, Whis?” Personally, they will never say it, but I do think they were put out with Whis at the end. That is why Whis has not mentioned the Chargers since he left.

  • Derek

    Just as McCoy learned as he carried on from wiz this yr reich will learn as he Carries on from McCoy so I expect this to be McCoy’s offense from the broncos with some carry over from wiz and a sprinkle of reich’s creations. I think frank will mostly be working with phill calling plays with McCoy’s Tuesday film room critique.

  • Derek

    We won’t see franks true identity till his seccond season or late first. We have 3 offensive masterminds on this team frank being the most green will have his infflunce grow with positive results.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      yea…our identity changed from the start of this season to the end of the year.

      • arnie

        Honestly, I dont see why we won’t see it in the first game. It’s not like they are switching systems. Coach Reich was here on day one when they installed it. The only thing that I could see changing is running i when they should, and letting others teams figure out how to double Allen, Gates, Greene and Woodhead….

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          maybe a play action pass?!?!

          • arnie

            Hey nobody would see it coming. The key is to disguise it and be able to sell the run.

  • BruisingChargers

    Looking forward to it. Hope the defense gets away from the “No Hugging/tackling” approach it used against RB’S this season..no pun intended lol……….. I think Frank will be a good OC. Liked his boxing reference of “Going for the kill and not letting up when you have them on the ropes.”

  • arnie

    Sometimes just listening to what comes out of peoples mouths, gives you a good idea or what to expect. I liked what came out of Reich mouth. I am ready to move on from the “clock control” offense. If I heard him correctly he mentioned “…situational football…” which was music to my ears. It should be to everyone else’s as well. We’ve all seen when a team couldn’t stop the Chargers run game, in “situational football” you KEEP RUNNING IT. If they don’t have an answers for Allen, Tutu, an Green, “situational football says” KEEP PUTTING IT IN THE AIR, UNTIL THEY DO. The game plan and balance should take back seat, in certain situations. I like Frank… excuse me Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich already. On top of that, he can be directly involved in evaluations going forward, and Draft needs.

    • Cgoodness13

      Took the words right out of my mouth

  • Gunnar Martin

    I think Reich’s analogies are awesome. My favorite was his one comparing Philip to computers- fast processor, tons of RAM, etc. Right on point, too. Love the guy already.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Reich… That was awesome

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